By October 25, 2006 1 Comments Read More →

Engine Turns Over But Won’t Start

I have a Chrysler Sybring Convertible that WAS running in perfect condition, 86,000 miles, driven aprox. 15 miles a week and kept in the garage 12 months a year. We took it to a Certified Mechanic (a friend) because we wanted it checked thoroughly before I gave it to my daughter who lives in Georgia, because I’m getting a new SUV.

This person replaced the water pump, head gasket, air filter, valve gaskets, battery, spark plugs, and when I got it back I drove it two days, less than (10) miles and came back to my car from the store and turned on the ignition and the car wouldn’t start… We paid for parts, but I told my husband I refuse to pay for labor for a car that I can’t drive and he agree’s….

Any clue why? HELP!!!! I love my car….

Thank you.


Hi there,

Sorry for my delay, I have been swamped with questions lately. You had the head gasket replaced on this vehicle? The head gasket is a gasket that separates the top half from the lower half of the engine, and is quite extensive. Usually a head gasket fails because of an overheating problem. You said is was running perfectly, so I am confused as to why you replaced the head gasket? That job is extensive and many parts of the engine have to be removed, so there is a LOT of opportunity for things to break, wire connectors to come apart, things left loose etc. etc.

I would contact the mechanic and get them to double check all their previous repairs, and hopefully it is something simple.

At any rate if the engine wont start, try to narrow things down for the mechanic. Like how does it not start?

Turn the key and NOTHING happens, no sounds, the engine does not turn over nothing at all?

That could be a bad battery connection, or a bad starter motor

Or when you turn the key does the engine turn over and over but does not ignite?

That can be a lack of fuel faulty fuel pump

Lack of spark to engine ignition module crankshaft sensor ignition coil no power to the ignition coil from the battery bad computer

Lack of compression internal engine damage like from a crack in the engine bent valves blown head gasket

Ignition timing issue timing belt or timing gear problem usually when an engine is out of time, the engine turns over funny sounding usually spins over faster than normal


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